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Ex-firefighter faces sex charge sentencing


A retired Urbana firefighter is scheduled to face a sentencing hearing next month after he pleaded guilty to two counts of gross sexual imposition.

William E. Aultman, 64, of 4027 Valley Drive, is scheduled for sentencing at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, in Champaign County Common Pleas Court.

Court records show Aultman pleaded guilty to two counts of gross sexual imposition, both third-degree felonies, included in a bill of information. He was accused of having inappropriate contact with two juveniles between June 1 and June 14 this year, and he was placed under house arrest.

Deputies began investigating after the victim’s father reported the incidents, according to information from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

Court records show Aultman is not allowed to have contact with any juveniles under the age of 16 or the parents of the victims.

Aultman had served with the Urbana Fire Division from 1978 until he retired in 2002, although the case was unrelated to his career, according to Kevin Talebi, Champaign County prosecutor.

Aultman could face time in prison due to the severity of the charge, Talebi said, although it is not mandatory.

Court records show the case was referred for a pre-sentence investigation. Aultman’s attorney, Kirk Ellis, was out of the office Friday and could not be reached for comment.


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